Ever since the first one rolled through the streets of Akron, Ohio, in 1899, police vehicles have served multiple purposes. They’re emergency vehicles. They store equipment and gear. They act as protective barriers in dangerous circumstances. They’re mobile offices. Recognizing that, manufacturers regularly introduce add-ons and modifications to further convert vehicles into a key policing asset. Some of the newest products:
Jotto Desk ZRT AR Secure Dual Gun Rack
Jotto Desk engaged SmartLok Technology for its ZRT AR Secure Dual Gun Rack to properly secure long guns during transportation, yet permit access at a moment’s notice. Adjustable polycarbonate butt plates accommodate individual weapon positioning. The lock heads, forged from zinc, include silicone inserts for the AR barrel to help protect from damage and dampen sound during vehicle operation. The gun rack will accept one AR-15 and one Remington 870 in a vertical configuration. MSRP $879.
SoundOff Signal mpower Exterior Full Size LED Lightbar
Slim, low-profile and powerful describe the mpower Exterior Full Size LED Lightbar by SoundOff Signal. Measuring slightly more than 1 inch in height, each 6-inch module is approximately 50% thinner than the industry standard. That said, it produces between 5.9 and 11.6 watts of power depending on module type — alley, inboard warning and corner. Officers can choose from 66 warning flash patterns, 25 takedown/alley patterns and 11 arrow options. The housing is crafted as one piece from Silicone Clear Duty, which resists gravel pitting, scratching and cracking. Designers improved sealing to block water penetration. A higher UV and thermal stability help prevent yellowing. MSRP unavailable.
Gamber-Johnson Zirkona Medium Joiner
What with road conditions, high-speed maneuvers and defensive driving, computers in police cars are subjected to a lot of jolting and jarring. Docking stations need a strong support system for their protection. Items like the Zirkona Medium Joiner with Two Round Mounting Plates along with a Female Threaded Adapter Kit, by Gamber-Johnson, lock in docking stations to ensure that tablets, laptops and cellphones have a smooth ride. The joiner holds up to 6 pounds in a vibrations/mobile environment, and as much as 33 pounds in static conditions. An extension tube creates extra height for adequate sight lines. A quick-adjust handle and X-axis range of motion enables users to tweak positioning. MSRP $56.
Attack Mats Ballistic Floor Mats
Among the computers, radios and weapons in a patrol car, little space is available for additional items. There’s certainly no room to store a shield up front, which prompted a retired officer to repurpose an item usually found in most duty vehicles. The patent-pending Attack Mats Ballistic Floor Mats appear to be innocuous floor mats that keep the interior floor clean, but with a pull of a handle, the mat comes up and instantly becomes a shield, strong enough to withstand gunfire. Available for both driver and passenger sides. MSPR $1,475.
Hardwire Transparent Armor Window Insert
See and Be Shielded
No need to compromise vision for safety. The Hardwire Transparent Armor Window Insert provides Level IIIA+ protection against handguns and shotguns. Plus, it’s been crash-tested to ensure it causes no additional harm during a vehicle collision. In case of emergency, a yank on the egress strap allows for quick disengagement. Meanwhile the insert enables drivers to see clearly and operate the original equipment manufacturer’s window. The insert can be installed separately or partnered with the Hardwire B-Kit Exterior Door Armor. MSRP $1,335 for small vehicles and $1,849 for large vehicles.
Havis Swing Up Device Mount
Stable and Sturdy
The Havis Swing Up Device Mount, specifically designed for 2013–2019 Ford Interceptor utility vehicles, can be positioned for quick reference yet isn’t distracting. Operators can flip it up for viewing, or down when not needed. Swivel it toward the driver or passenger. It stays in place, without permanently modifying the vehicle’s interior, thanks to a positive dual-action latch. The mount itself is made from heavy gauge steel with a black powder coat finish. MSRP $452.17.